Kolkata, Dec 22 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 3 WB-VIRUS-LD UK PASSENGERS Two passengers from UK test positive for COVID-19 at Kolkata airport Kolkata: Two passengers from the UK were found positive for COVID-19 after they arrived at the airport here, health department officials said on Tuesday.

CAL 2 AR-KIDNAPPING 2 employees of oil firm kidnapped in Arunachal Itanagar: Two employees of an oil company have been kidnapped by suspected militants in Arunachal Pradesh's Changlang district, police said on Tuesday.

CAL 7 WB-TMC Attempts being made to create false narrative about Bengal: TMC Kolkata: Rejecting Union Home Minister Amit Shah's accusation that West Bengal had fared abysmally on development indices under the present dispensation, the ruling Trinamool Congress said on Tuesday that attempts are being made to create a false narrative about the state.

CAL 8 WB-MAMATA Bengal ahead of other states on all development indices: Mamata Kolkata: Slamming Union Home Minister Amit Shah for 'deliberately trying to project a dismal and gloomy picture' of West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday contended that the state has fared well on all development indices.

CAL 9 POL-WB-DEFECTIONS 'Aaya Ram Gaya Ram' culture takes centrestage in Bengal ahead of polls Kolkata: Once a reviled practice in West Bengal, the 'Aaya Ram Gaya Ram' culture of frequently changing political allegiance has taken centrestage in the state ahead of the assembly elections due in April-May next year.

CES 9 BH-POLICE-ALCOHOL-PLEDGE Cops in dry Bihar take pledge to never drink Patna: Police personnel in Bihar, from the lowest to the topmost ranks, have taken a fresh pledge to stay away from alcohol all through their lives.

CES 10 BH-JUDGES-DISMISSAL Bihar judicial officers, caught in a Nepal hotel with women, dismissed from service Patna: Three judicial officers in Bihar, who were caught in compromising position with women at a hotel in Nepal a few years ago, have been dismissed from service.

CES 11 AR-POLLS-LD LOCAL BODIES Arunachal Pradesh: 25pc polling in panchayat, 30pc in civic elections till noon Itanagar: A voter turnout of 25 per cent was recorded in the first five hours of panchayat elections in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday, while 30 per cent of electors exercised their franchise for polls for two urban local bodies, an official said. PTI RG RG